I am helping with a Japanese tutorial and would like to omit indefinite (sometimes definite) articles when referencing a Japanese word. Is this wise? Can't seem to find info on this point.


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    We would need an example.
    – David M
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 6:56

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English nouns employ the article variously. Whilst you can say 'the flour', or 'some flour', you cannot say 'a flour', unless one is referring to a type of flour. Who is to use your tutorial- Japanese students of English, or English students of Japanese? If the former I would have thought it important to keep them aware of the need for correct use of articles.

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